The city of Lódz Tourist Information Center (Piotrkowska 87; tel. 42/638-59-55; www.cityoflodz.pl) is one-stop shopping for all you'll ever need to know. Here, you'll find helpful pamphlets for negotiating the city: Lódz Tourist Attractions and the Lódz City Guide, as well as the essential Jewish Landmarks in Lódz. The latter includes a (long) self-guided walking tour of the Lódz (Litzmannstadt) ghetto. The staff maintains a complete list of hotels and can help arrange transportation and restaurant reservations. Inside the Tourist Information Center, you'll also find the Lódz Airport Travel Agency (Piotrkowska 87; tel. 42/638-59-80; www.airporttravel.lodz.pl), which can help arrange flights in and out of Poland, as well as around the country.
Lódz is a sprawling city situated on a loose grid based around the long pedestrian thoroughfare Piotrkowska. Lódz doesn't have a traditional town center, though the intersection of Piotrkowska and the giant avenue Pisudskiego, near the Ibis Hotel, is usually considered the center. Most of the better places to eat, as well as the main tourist sites and the Manufaktura shopping center, lie on or within easy walking distance of Piotrkowska.